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“Six of the Best” BOPSS Webinar – 15th October 2020

BOPSS warmly welcomes you to its first virtual symposium. This will take place on Thursday 15th October 2020 between 6pm and 8pm. As ever, BOPSS is being innovative and we are hosting “Six of the Best” where 6 members representing the breadth of our membership talk on six subjects to share six pearls from their experiences The meeting will take place on zoom and is FREE. Access to the meeting will be given nearer the time following registration. More info here [...]

Research Opportunity in Auckland

Clinician/researcher to join our team in Auckland for a PhD programme based around thyroid eye disease research. Role: We are inviting expressions of interest for a Thyroid Eye Disease MD/PhD project based at the Eye clinic, Auckland District Health Board and Dept. of Ophthalmology, University of Auckland, New Zealand National Eye Centre. An ideal candidate would have at least two years of medical and/or ophthalmology research experience and evidence of basic research aptitude e.g. scientific publication(s) in the international peer-reviewed [...]

Electrocautery as an Aerosol generating Procedure

Whilst electrocautery is not listed in the widely published lists of AGP, in some experimental models electrocautery has been demonstrated to generate aerosols. In view of this Members should consider employing some form of smoke extraction and wear PPE appropriate for AGP when using electrocautery.   Useful supporting links and documents: Clinical evidence-based review and recommendations of aerosol generating medical procedures in otolaryngology –head and neck surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic Andrew Thamboo1, Jane Lea, Doron D. Sommer, Leigh Sowerby, Arman Abdalkhani, Christopher [...]

With great sadness, we announce the passing of our colleague Tony Tyers

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we must let you know of the passing of our colleague Tony Tyers. As many of you will know, Tony bore a progressive illness over the past few years with characteristic strength, resilience, and commitment both to his family and his work. He was a great teacher, a towering authority in ophthalmology, and a true friend to us all. Amongst his many contributions, Tony will be remembered for his [...]

COVID-19 Prioritisation

COVID-19 Prioritisation The challenges presented to all ophthalmologists during the COVID-19 pandemic are enormous. Oculoplastic surgeons also face potentially high degrees of viral exposure in clinic and theatre from droplet and aerosol spread. Viral transmission may, or may not, occur from the tears and conjunctiva, but protection of the mouth, nose, and eyes is essential when examining or operating on patients. BOPSS both supports, and have contributed to, the Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ guidelines. We encourage all our members to [...]

Covid-19; high risk patients.

The AoMRC has requested that BOPSS remind members that we may be the primary physician for patients who are at high risk of increased morbidity and mortality from COVID-19  (1). These patients are being asked to consider complete self-isolation – or shielding – for their own safety. A template letter (2) which can be sent to such patients and the information sent out by NHSE (3) is available. Additional information can be found on the AoMRC website https://www.aomrc.org.uk/covid-19-clinical/ (1) AoMRC letter to clinicians (2) [...]

BOPSS Oxford meeting postponed to August 2021

We are in extraordinary times and in view of government advice, grim prognostications and the need for common sense, the Exec has made a decision to postpone the Oxford meeting to 4th – 6th August 2021. This is because of financial pressures (which can be mitigated by moving rather than cancelling the meeting) and in acknowledgement of the huge amount of work done by the Oxford organising team over the past few months. Our choice of the possible dates [...]

Situation regarding Covid-19 for BOPSS 2021 meeting

Given the escalating situation we have now decided to postpone the Oxford Meeting until 2021. Further details will be sent to members and delegates. Thank you for your support and we hope you can attend next year. It will be an exceptional meeting, in all senses of the word. Updated 20/3/2020 more info for delegates here

Eyelid Surgery for Thyroid Eye Disease

Through BOPSS, Rebecca Ford and her team completed a UK survey on the provision of eyelid surgery for patients with thyroid eye disease (TED). The conclusions were presented at the 2019 BOPSS meeting. Provision for this surgery varies depending on the individual CCGs. Before approval is obtained for eyelid surgery, however, most patients will have had to apply for individual funding requirements (IFR), secured prior approval (PA) or met the criteria for a planned procedure with a threshold (PPPwT). These approvals [...]

Retrobulbar Hyaluronidase to reverse CRAO following injection of facial fillers

Retrobulbar Hyaluronidase to reverse CRAO following injection of facial fillers. The consensus is both in review and animal studies1-8 that, as yet, there is not conclusive evidence to support this treatment. Only a limited number of case reports and theoretical proposals have been recorded in support of the technique9,10. Thus, it is our advice that ophthalmology units do not need to be equipped to provide an emergency retrobulbar hyaluronidase service. Best practice dictates that all practitioners should be aware of [...]